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Marks Of Excellence

I Shot It Competition

Pleased to share that two of my images have been awarded the “Mark of Excellence” in the I Shot It Premium Photo Competition.

A commuter, one of many walking wounded, leaves the Edgware Road Underground Station, still clutching his morning paper. A suicide bomber blew himself up on a tube train at the station, killing seven passengers. This was one of four terrorist attacks on the transport system, resulting in 52 innocent deaths. London, 7 July 2005. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

A commuter, one of many walking wounded, leaves the Edgware Road Underground Station, still clutching his morning paper. A suicide bomber blew himself up on a tube train at the station, killing seven passengers. This was one of four terrorist attacks on the transport system, resulting in 52 innocent deaths. London, 7 July 2005.
Photo: Edmond Terakopian

As 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the London Bombings, I entered the image again to remind us all of the horrendous events of that black day and in memory of all who perished and in celebration of all the bravery shown by the survivors and those in the emergency services who went to their aid.

A woman prays for the souls of those who died in a Gyumri church. 10 years on from the Armenian earthquake. 6 December 1998, Gyumri, Armenia. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

A woman prays for the souls of those who died in the earthquake. 10 years on from the Armenian earthquake. 6 December 1998, Gyumri, Armenia. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

This second image is one of my favourite images; one I found in a church in northern Armenia on the day of the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. As I turned a corner and walked into this annexed room, the light just grabbed me. Seconds later this lady walked in and started to pray. My two thoughts were of how fortunate I was to witness this powerful scene and the second was I hope I expose correctly for the slide film I’m shooting.

Technical Information

The London Bombings image was shot on a  Canon 1D Mk II and Canon 300mm f2.8L IS. The Armenian image was shot on a Leica M6 and if I remember correctly, a Leica 21mm Elmarit, using Kodak Ektachrome slide film.

Travel Photographer Of The Year Finalist

TPOTY Finalist

The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. September 11, 2012. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. September 11, 2012. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

TPOTY 2014 finalist

Extremely happy to share that my image of The Angel Of The North is a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year, in the One Shot: Monochromal category. The image was shot on a Canon 5D MkIII and Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II lens. The processing was done in Aperture and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.

Many congratulations to all the winners, runners-up, commended and other finalists in the contest; so many stunning images by some very talented photographers. The 2014 TPOTY images can be seen HERE.

Astonishingly, this fabulous news means that this year my images have reached the finals of Travel Photographer of the Year, Professional Photographer of the Year and Landscape Photographer of the Year (where I got a Commendation). A bit stunned really!

Keeping Your Printer Up & Running

Tips For The Large Format Printer User

Allow me to paint you a picture; I had allocated a day in my diary to make some prints on my superb Canon iPF6300 (although this post will be of relevance to any large format printer user). I had a few print orders and also needed to make six A1 sized prints to enter into the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award.

A montage on the Canon iPF6300 large format printer. Replacing inks and nozzle check calibration print after installing new print heads. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A montage on the Canon iPF6300 large format printer. Replacing inks and nozzle check calibration print after installing new print heads. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

On the day set aside for making the prints, I switched on the printer and started collating the images on my Mac, ready to print. Well, after having not made a print for a few months, the machine sprang into action, going through it’s warming up procedures, agitating inks, moving print heads and so on. Alas I was at the end of this robotic dance, I was greeted with the error code informing the print heads need to be replaced. Now this is a costly process, but even more annoying is the fact that I don’t keep spares. I have lots of paper and ink at all times, just not spare print heads and often as also needed, the maintenance cartridge. Panic and annoyance set in as there was a deadline looming and I had other projects on the go.

Off to Google to search for the cheapest place I can source print heads and as crucially, a place that can deliver them the next day. My search concluded with a company I hadn’t used before; they were great on price, had stock and crucially promised next day delivery. The company was the iPF Store.

I decided to make a call to double check the stock and delivery situation and was put through to an extremely helpful and knowledgeable chap called Andy. The two print heads and maintenance cartridge I needed were indeed in stock and would definitely be delivered the next day. A sigh of relief! I carried on chatting about the print head issue as it felt to me that they had seized up prematurely. Andy informed me that indeed it is a problem for the low volume print maker. These printers are designed to work at the print houses and studios were they are in use daily. In my case, the inactivity had been the issue and caused the print heads to have a shorter life span. Being outside of the Canon one year warranty on them, they had to be changed.

My chat with Andy resulted in a list of other tips, so what better than to share them?!

Andy From The iPF Store, Top Five Tips

1)    Always leave the printer turned on – It monitors the heads, does a very low level clean when needed to keep the nozzles wet to stop them drying out. Dry and blocked nozzles require additional power cleanses (uses more ink). In more extreme cases when the block cannot be cleaned, the heads fail completely so new ones are required.

2)    Achieve the highest possible graduations by working in 16bit RGB and print using the Adobe Photoshop Plugin.

3)    Have a colour calibrated workflow, calibrating your screen and make custom print profiles for papers that don’t have them for your printer. Keeps your printer in constant colour control.

4)    Use the Canon Media Config Tool to add your own custom medias to the standard Canon library, and ensure the best print quality.

5)    Allow a minimum of one hour for the ink to dry down before applying any finishing such as varnish or laminate.

I agree fully with the points raised, although I didn’t know of the first point, which is what landed me in this predicament!

An A1 size print of chef Gordon Ramsay, printed on the Canon iPF6300 on Canon photo satin paper. The image was shot using this Leica M (Type 240) and 50mm Noctilux ASPH. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

An A1 size print of chef Gordon Ramsay, printed on the Canon iPF6300 on Canon photo satin paper. The image was shot using this Leica M (Type 240) and 50mm Noctilux ASPH. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Well, my print heads and maintenance cartridge arrived before lunchtime the next day and I managed to make all my prints (which have found new homes in London, Paris and New York) and also made the six prints for the competition. Thanks Andy 🙂

The links:

iPF Store: http://www.ipfstore.co.uk

Their parent company; Pro Print Solutions: http://www.proprintsolutions.co.uk

Exposure 2014

A Competition Celebrating The Power Of The Image

I’ve just entered Exposure 2014, and it invites the public to vote. It’s a simple one click vote (top right) when on the page, so if you like the images, can you kindly spare a second and vote? Many, many thanks for the support 🙂

Please visit HERE for Exposure 2014. Thanks!

exposure 2014

 

For those interested in technical information, images were taken on a Leica M6 (but could have been M4-2), a Leica M9, Canon 1D MkII and Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras.

Entries In The Sony PROduction Awards

Voting Is Open!

production awards

It’s competition time again and I’ve had two of my short films accepted into the Sony PROduction Awards. As much as I dislike competitions that have a public vote, alas, this one does too. So, if you like either of these films, please take a moment to cast your vote; it will be much appreciated 🙂

Plastic Jesus

This short film on an LA street artist was shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

VIEW & VOTE FOR “PLASTIC JESUS”

Solitude

An older film with a newer edit and grading, shot on a Canon 5D MkII. This was in fact my very first video.

VIEW & VOTE FOR “SOLITUDE”

Many thanks 🙂

Canon & Apple To The Rescue

Helping Out Photographers

Recession. Photography market devaluation. Lack of commissions. Extortionate equipment prices. Sound familiar? It’s the market for the majority of professional photographers. Things have become so bad in some segments of the market, that the money made from a picture sale sometimes doesn’t even cover the money spent on parking!

One of the problems as I mentioned is also extortionate equipment prices. Professional grade digital cameras and the pro lenses have just multiplied in cost to often ridiculous levels, with most pros bewildered as to how they are going to upgrade the tools of their trade.

There is some good news though on this front.

Canon 1DX. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Canon 1DX. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Canon

For those needing to get Canon’s amazing flagship camera, the Canon 1DX, there is some good news. As long as you buy the 1DX with one of Canon’s ‘L’ lenses, you can take advantage of 24 months interest free credit. No big deposit either; the cost is just spread over 24 months (interest free deal ends on January 31st, 2013). Personally I’ve found this deal extremely helpful and it allowed me to get a 1DX and upgrade my 70-200mm f2.8L IS to the new MkII version (saving £160 witht he cashback on the lens!), from the fabulous folks at Fixation. There’s even more good news; Canon are offering cash back on some of the ‘L’ lenses, and I managed to save some money too (offer until January 24th, 2013).

Apple

Apple are very helpfully also offering interest free credit, this time over 10 months. So if your MacBook Pro’s looking a little worse for wear and you need a Retina display, spreading the cost will probably be helpful!

Gunter Sachs Collection at Sotheby’s

An Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look


Behind the scenes as Sotheby’s prepares the Gunter Sachs Collection ahead of the sale on May 22nd and 23rd, 2012. Sotheby’s will be offering close to 300 works of art from the prestigious single owner collection. The sale is estimated to realise £20 million.

Almost 7200 pictures were used in this timelapse. The majority were shot on a pair of Canon 5D MkII cameras specifically set up for shooting this timelapse (with a 16-35mm f2.8L II and 24-105mm f4L), one being triggered by a Pocket Wizard Multimax and the other by the highly configurable IO Shutter running on an iPad 3. A GoPro HD Hero was used for the overhead view timelapse. Reportage images were shot on a Leica M9 and M9-P (using a 50mm Noctilux ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH and 28mm Summicron ASPH). The images were all processed in Apple’s Aperture and the video created using Apple’s FCP X.

Huge word of thanks to everyone involved, especially the team from Sotheby’s press office, the lighting crew , technicians and contemporary art experts.

Update: Thrilled to share that the video is published on The Guardian website.